April 12, 2006

Alumnus will bring his one-man show to SIUC

by Vincent Rhomberg

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale's theater department will present alumnus Timothy Mooney in his one-man show "Criteria," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater, located in the Communications Building on the SIUC campus.

Mooney, who received his bachelor's degree from SIUC and master of fine arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a 30-year veteran of the theater. He served internships with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Repertory and taught acting and stage movement for two years with Northern Illinois University.

He was the founder and editor of "The Script Review." a newsletter that reviewed play manuscripts for Literary Managers and Directors. He also served as artistic director of the Stage Two Theatre Co., producing 50 plays in five years, most of them original works.

Mooney adapted 15 Moliere plays using rhyming iambic-pentameter, which have been produced by theater companies and Universities across the country.

Presently Mooney spends the bulk of his career touring with his one-man shows. Those include:

• "Moliere Than Thou" (Best Adapted Work, San Francisco Fringe Fest), based on the life and work of Moliere.

• "Criteria" (Artistic Picks Finalist, Seattle Fringe Fest), a science-fiction thriller.

• "Karaoke Knights" a rock opera set in the 24th century against a backdrop of a dismantled United States, reorganized by dividing the population according to the first digit of their Social Security numbers,

"Criteria" is the story of a former terrorist and his final mission against a neighboring region. Told with humor and suspense, the play reveals the insanity and fruitlessness of conflict based on greed, envy and ideological differences.

Admission to the play is free and it is open to the public. For more information call the box office at 618/453-3001.

Coordinating and expanding major cultural outreach programs is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.

(Caption: One-man show – Timothy Mooney, an alumnus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, brings his one-man show “Criteria” to the stage at his alma mater at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater. The show is free and open to the public.)